Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Murder-for-hire plan foiled

June 27, 2001

A Baldwin City resident has been charged with trying to hire a hit-man to kill his wife.

Donald R. Roberts, 51, was charged Friday in federal court with one count of the use of of interstate communications and interstate travel for murder-for-hire, said Chris Whitley, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri.

Roberts allegedly tried to hire somebody in Clinton, Mo., to kill his wife, Darlene Roberts, according to court documents. The person Roberts was trying to hire informed his employer, who then told the FBI.

If convicted, Roberts, a truck driver, could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is currently in custody and will not be released on bond.

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